(Penstemon personatus )
Scrophulariaceae (figwort family)
Photo Copyright 1995 Dean Wm. Taylor
Description: Perennial herb, spreading mainly by underground system of roots and runners. Leaves are rather widely oval and pointed at tips, 1 1/8 to 2 inches (30 to 50 mm) long, not leathery, smooth-edged to obscurely toothed, distributed along stems and not in a basal clump. If in shade, plants can remain short, under 6 inches (15 cm) tall and without flowering stems. In the sun, mature plants send up one to several flowering stems, from 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm) tall, branched above, with 6 to 20 blue to red-purple, tube-shaped flowers. Flowers mouth contains pale lobes and is closed by the arching floor of the flowers tube.
Distribution: This species is found in the northern Sierra Nevada Range in Butte County.
Habitat: Mixed-conifer forest with a substantial red fir component, in semi-shade, openings and edges, sometimes with montane chaparral, from 4500 to 6400 feet (1500 to 1800 m) elevation.
Flowering Period: June to September
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B